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Time to explore the Reformation and the Renaissance ...

History comes alive with these fantastic living books! We have enjoyed all these books across the years. Some we have read aloud to our children and others have been chosen for them to read on their own.

They help you enter the time period by walking alongside a real character through their culture, their streets, their families and face their battles.



Historical Fiction Read Aloud Books for the whole family

If you've spent a bit of time on my site, you'd know that we love reading together and living books are the best way to do that. You can explore any subject with living books and that's why we just absolutely love historical fiction. It brings your entire family into the time period where you meet the characters, feel their anxieties, mull over their decisions and get to live life with them for a while.

Living Books we have really loved reading aloud as we study our homeschool history time period together:

  • Under Drake's Flag by G.A. Henty
  • Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley
  • Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb;  A great way to introduce your children to the Shakespearian plays;
  • By Pike and Dyke by G.A. Henty
  • The  Black Arrow 
  • I, Juan de pareja,
  • The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain,
  • The  Trumpeter of Krakow

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History Living Books - Great titles on the Reformation

This time period is filled with exciting historical books which allow your children to live the time period. I have selected our favourites in the Reformation to list below. Others which could have been included are the Bible Smuggler.

Wonderful titles here focus on the great reformers: Ink on his Fingers; The Beggars Bible; The Man who Laid the Egg; Rivers of Grace; The Queen's Smuggler and more.


Living Books - Great Books on the Renaissance

I have not seen both of these sets below, but they contain Hillyer's book, A Child's History of Art. If you like his conversational style from, The Child's History of the World, you would also like these. It also includes photographs and a lesson manual.

228503: A Child"s History of Art: Painting Kit A Child's History of Art: Painting Kit
By Calvert School

Filled with all the details of art that make learning interesting, this unique subject will teach your kids about the history of painting through black-and-white reproductions. The text is the core of the course, and includes glossy black-and-white photographs with simple, conversational text on the Great Masters as well as lesser-known painters. The accompanying Art Card Portfolio features full-color photographs of many famous paintings. The lesson manual includes instructions for the teacher with objectives, an introduction, application questions, art card connections, and enrichment activities; an answer key is also included. 7th Grade.

This Kit Includes:

  • A Child's History of Art: Architecture textbook, 242 glossy pages, softcover.
  • Lesson Manual, 125 pages, spiralbound, softcover.
  • Art Card Portfolio, spiralbound
  • 228502: A Child"s History of Art: Architecture Set A Child's History of Art: Architecture Set
    By Calvert School

    Filled with all the details of art, history, and architecture that make learning interesting, this unique subject will teach your kids to recognize the types of architecture they see around them everyday, as well as the types they're likely to see on TV or field trips. The text is the core of the course, and includes glossy black-and-white photographs with simple, conversational text on grass huts, ancient temples in Greece, Stonehenge, famous Roman architecture, arches, early Christian buildings, cathedrals, mosques, English homes, domes, columns, and more.

    The accompanying Art Card Portfolio features full-color photographs of many famous buildings. The lesson manual includes instructions for the teacher with objectives, an introduction, application questions, art card connections, and activities; an answer key is also included. 7th Grade.

    This Kit Includes:

  • A Child's History of Art: Architecture textbook, 274 glossy pages, softcover.
  • Lesson Manual, 111 pages, spiralbound, softcover.
  • Art Card Portfolio, spiralbound
  • 513886: Masters of the Renaissance Masters of the Renaissance
    By Greathall Productions Inc

    Jim Weiss' storytelling recordings have received the highest awards from the Parent's Choice Foundation and the American Library Association, and been widely praised in major publications across North America and internationally. He has captivated and delighted childand adult audiences with his original stories and retellings of ancient and modern classics. Masters of the Renaissance features Jim's captivating stories about Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and more. Approximately 78 minutes runtimes.

    Getting to Know the World's Artists Series - there are many in this series - Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael

    422758: Getting to Know the World"s Greatest Artists: Da Vinci Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Da Vinci
    By Grolier Publishing Company

    Get aquainted with the world's greatest artists' in this kid-friendly introduction to Leonardo DaVinci. His biography is accompanied by cartoon drawings that highlight different aspects of his life, while reproductions of his famous notes and artwork give kids' exposure to his style of painting. 32 pages, softcover.
    45184: Ship, Softcover Ship, Softcover
    By David Macaulay / Houghton-mifflin

    They were the space shuttles of the fifteenth century--small wooden ships called caravels, built to reach, explore, and return from the unknown. Documents of the time tell us something about their construction and about those who built and sailed them. A handful of artistic depictions provide a little more information. But what did these ships whose voyages expanded the map of the world really look like? How were they designed and built to accomplish their extraordinary feats? Only the ships themselves can answer these questions, and until this century their remains lay silent and unreachable beneath the seas.

    Join a group of underwater archaeologists as they search the seabed for the remains of a caravel in the Caribbean Sea. Their meticulous search for artifacts gives them fascinating information about the wreckage from the early 1500's. In the first half of the book, drawings, maps, and diagrams detail the ship's recovery, as clues to the past are pieced together, and a story emerges. In the style of a journal, the second half of the book chronicles in great detail the building of the ship called Magdalena. Recommended for ages 12 to 14.

    91400: Johannes Kepler, Sower Series Johannes Kepler, Sower Series
    By Mott Media, Llc

    Johannes Kepler considered his vast scientific studies as another way of looking into God's magnificent creation. He often became so excited with his discoveries that he would write songs of praise to God along with recording his findings in his scientific journals! In all of history there has never been another man like Johannes Kepler. A listing of his many accomplishments could not do justice to the exciting facts of his life. For ages 9 to 13.

    Living Books - Years 9-12 - Renaissance and Reformation

    60364: Don Quixote Don Quixote
    By Miguel de Cervantes / Wordsworth Editions Ltd

    A deranged gentleman who tilts at windmills and battles with sheep in service of the lady of his dreams, this think knight and his fat squire, Sancho Panza, parodies the books of chivalry so popular in Cervantes' days. Comedy and tragedy, this edition was translated by Peter Motteux in the 18th century. 771 pages, softcover.
    563426: Don Quixote                                 - Audiobook on CD Don Quixote - Audiobook on CD
    By Miguel de Cervantes / Oasis Audio Llc

    In the world of literature, Don Quixote is the classic story. Generally regarded as the first modern novel, this marvelous book has stood the test of time to become irrevocably intertwined with the fabric of society. It earns a special place in the hearts and minds of all who read it.
    Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote is so captivated by the chivalrous stories he reads that he decides to pursue bold aventures of his own. Accompanied by his squire Sancho Panza, Quixote takes to the roads, determined to fight evil and help those unable to help themselves. But Quixote's whims, fed by his own delusional fantasies, lead to more trouble than triumph.
    At once a humorous, romantic, and sad tale, Don Quixote is a literary landmark that no person should miss. This fresh translation by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the novel to life as never before. Unabridged. Read by George Guidall. 35 CDs. 40.5 hours.
    870426: By Right of Conquest By Right of Conquest
    By G.A. Henty / Robinson Books

    The Conquest of Mexico is the ground-work of this story, which is interwoven with the adventures of an English youth. He is beset by many perils, but by a ruse he obtains the protection of the Spaniards. After the fall of Mexico he succeeds in regaining his native shore, with a fortune and a charming Aztec bride. 400 pages, softcover.
    002386: Utopia Utopia
    By Thomas More / Yale University Press

    This book, from its first appearance in 1516, has been one of the germinal works in Western thought and remains even today, in its essential modernity, stimulating and controversial. This edition is based on the text prepared as Volume 4 in The Yale Edition of The Complete Works of St.Thomas More and includes an Introduction by Father Surtz which summarizes the import of Utopia for the general reader. Notes are provided as explanatory comment on the text. The accuracy of the translation ensures that the volume can be used by the historian, literary scholar, the social and politcal scientist, and the student of utopoian thought.

    I haven't read this biographical novel about Michelangelo, and as it has over 770 pages, it may take quite a while. Not sure if your student would want to tackle it. I am unsure of the content, but the reviews looked interesting. Your judgement.

    171357: The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
    By Irving Stone / Signet

    The passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time - the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring Popes, the all-powerful de'Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola... His loves - the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de'Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love, his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna... His genius - a God-driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known...

    Luther and His Katie

    43685: The Hawk That Dares Not Hunt by Day The Hawk That Dares Not Hunt by Day
    By Scott O'Dell / Journeyforth

    The year is 1525 and books written by reformers like Martin Luther are being burned all over Europe. For Tom Barton, who smuggles such books into England, the ban is an opportunity to make money. But when Tom meets William Tyndale, who defies the king and distributes Bibles to the common people, he realizes that the Reformation is more than a money-maker and that spreading God's Word is worth risking one's life. Recommended for ages 10 to 14.

    21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible - this book is out of print, but perhaps you can find a second hand copy.

    871058: St. Bartholomew"s Eve St. Bartholomew's Eve
    By Robinson Books

    The hero, Philip Fletcher, is a right true English lad, but he has a French connection on his mother's side. This kinship induces him to cross the Channel in order to take a share in the Huguenot wars. Naturally, he sides with the Protestants, distinguishes himself in various battles, and receives rapid promotion for the zeal and daring with which he carries out several secret missions. 402 pages, hardcover.

    Shakespeare's plays can be studied at this time

    67234: Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays
    By Peter J. Leithart / Canon Press

    An excellent introduction to one of the world's greatest literary masters! Offering a Christian interpretation of Shakespeare's works, Leithart examines the biblical overtones found in six of the Bard's best-known comedies, tragedies, and historical plays. Thought-provoking study questions, suggested essay topics, and informative reviews of film versions of the plays appear at the end of each chapter. 286 pages, softcover from Canon.
    67099: Huguenot Garden Huguenot Garden
    By Douglas Jones III / Canon Press

    In 1685, La Rochelle was already an old and graceful city, despite its high, thick walls. It was a stronghold--and home--for thousands of Huguenots. Your 9- to 12-year-olds will enjoy following the daily episodes of twin sisters Renee and Albret Martineau, and will learn about the joys and hardships of 17th-century life amid political turmoil and religious persecution.
    870396: By England"s Aid By England's Aid
    By Robinson Books

    "By England's Aid" is the story of two English lads who go to Holland as pages in the service of one of "the fighting Veres." After many adventures by sea and land, one of the lads finds himself on board a Spanish ship at the time of the defeat of the Armada, and escapes only to fall into the hands of the Corsairs. He is successful in getting back to Spain, and regains his native country after the capture of Cadiz. 400 pages, hardcover.

    Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians

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    If you borrow or buy some of these living books for your family, and this is the only thing you do - your children will have lived with the real characters and have a far better understanding than they would if they were required to read one or two chapters out of a textbook.  Using living books in this way is certainly a far more effective way to study and understand a historical time period.

    Notebooking Ideas for Renaissance and Reformation

    For those who enjoy making notebooks or lapbooks as a part of a history project idea - you will love the notebooking pages collection below. Using these is an easy way for your children to create a memory by recording what thy have learned on an appropriate notebook page. You can add this to a poster or incorporate it into a lapbook. This selection includes explorers, famous composers, and Book of the Century timeline pages. It is an ideal way to combine the love of reading exciting living books with writing narrations about the characters and historical events.

    History Timeline / Book of Centuries Notebooking Pages Famous Composers Notebooking Pages Famous World Explorers Notebooking Pages

    Renaissance and Reformation (1461-1600)

    Pages to help you create your Homeschool History Renaissance Reformation Study

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